March 14, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:9)
GRACE: In A Concise Dictionary of Theology, grace is defined as “any undeserved gift or help freely and lovingly provided by God.”
God doesn’t provide for us because we deserve it; we don’t earn God’s gifts. We receive them out of love.
This understanding of grace should bring us great comfort. There is no ‘rank order’ in place that determines who receives God’s grace and in what amounts. Grace is available to all.
The important thing to remember, especially during the Lenten season, is that we must be open to receiving God’s gifts. As with his mercy, compassion, and love, God’s grace flows freely into willing receptacles.
We didn’t earn it, but we should receive it willingly. We definitely need it!